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Apps for acne pulled for “baseless” health claims

September 27, 2011 by Works with Water

We have heard it all now, apps to treat acne… Sellers of  “AcneApp” and “Acne Pwner” claimed that by holding a smartphone to your face it could clear up your skin.

The companies marketing these two apps for acne have now settled charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission that they were making “baseless” health claims and have withdrawn the apps from the market.

“The commission alleges that these two companies were making claims about treating acne and they did not have the proper substantiation or science to support those claims,” says FTC attorney Stacey Ferguson.

The marketers of AcneApp claimed, “This app was developed by a dermatologist. A study published by the British Journal of Dermatology showed blue and red light treatments eliminated p-acne bacteria (a major cause of acne) and reduces skin blemishes by 76%.”


Both of these apps do basically the same thing: they make the screen on the mobile device turn blue and red, alternating colors every few seconds. The blue light supposedly fights bacteria. The red light supposedly helps heal the skin.

Some dermatologists do use light therapy. But in a doctor’s office the light is thousands of times stronger than a smartphone screen.

Whilst we may find it all a little amusing we should stop and think about all those who suffer from acne, a condition which causes social embarrassment and can lead to depression. unfortunately these sufferers will desperately try anything in the hope that they can rid themselves of such a physical and psychologically scarring condition and the 15,000 consumers who downloaded the app are proof of that.

It is easy for companies to make the claims, but they must be backed up with strong evidence which is why we like to show you our real life help: clear skin case studies as well as the clinical studies for our ingredients.

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